Earlier this month, Elizabeth
Tran joined the NAPE National Office staff as a part-time research assistant.
Elizabeth will assist in maintaining the NAPE member database and website, developing
newsletters and surveys, conducting research, and managing social media. If you
call the office, please take a moment to welcome Elizabeth!
NEWS FROM WASHINGTON
House Committee Holds Hearing on STEM Educators with Industry Experience
On November 3, the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education in the House Committee
on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing on "STEM In Action: Transferring
Knowledge from the Workplace to the Classroom" as part of series of hearings on
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The purpose of the hearing
was to examine how industry professionals working in STEM fields can transition
to careers as STEM educators.
Read More from ACTE
Rep. Honda Introduces New STEM Education Bill
On November 4, 2011, Representative Mike Honda introduced the STEM Education Innovation
Act of 2011. The bill would create an Office of STEM Education in the Department
of Education; Institute a State Consortium on STEM Education; and establish the
Education Innovation Project, which will promote the development of transformational
technologies for the classroom.
Super Committee's Failure Will Spur Hefty K-12 Cuts Without A Congressional Fix
Seventy thousand teaching jobs. More than one billion in Title I grants to disadvantaged
school districts. Nearly 900 million in funding for special education students.
All these and more K-12 educational expenditures will be axed smack in the middle
of the 2012-2013 school year--barring an act of Congress that would prevent the
automatic, across-the-board cuts set by this summer's debt deal from going into
effect, according to the NEA.
NSF Aims to 'Transform' STEM Learning With Set of Grants
Erik Robelen, Education Week
The National Science Foundation recently issued seven grants-worth about $5 million
in total-to support research projects intended to "transform" STEM learning.
Program Aims to Engage AZ Students in STEM Study
Kerry Fehr-Snyder, The Arizona Republic
A program developed at Arizona State University has ASU students, as well as high-school
students in AP chemistry, conducting hands-on science experiments with K-12 students
to help spark interest among the younger students. The Science is Fun program, which
is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, is aimed at preparing more
students for careers in STEM.
Women in Science? Universities Don't Make the Grade
Despite years of trying to improve the number of women undergraduates in science
and engineering, a new study shows most universities are failing. Not only are women
lagging behind their male classmates, efforts to close the gap too often focus on
students instead of faculty and institutional structures.
Local Girls Take Independence into Their Own Hands with an Engineering Camp at Triton
This summer, the Engineering Technology program of Triton College is putting the
tools of independence and future career success into the hands of 16 local girls
in the community in the form of a hammer, screwdriver and power drill. GADgET--Girls
Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology--is the program's first summer
camp designed to empower and create an interest in engineering technology among
girls between the ages of 12 and 16.
STEM EQUITY PIPELINE WEBINARS
All STEM Equity Pipeline webinars are archived. Past titles include:
- GESA Works! Generating Expectations for Student Achievement Assessing Effectiveness:
Do Your Program Activities Make a Difference?
- Cognitive Beliefs and Cultural Variables Matter in STEM Career Development
- Implicit Bias in STEM: The Power of Automatic, Unintended Mindsets
- Effective Program Assessments
- And more!
NAPE 2012 PDI
"Access, Equity, and Diversity: We've Got an App for That" April 16-19, 2012 Arlington,
Registration is now open! In addition, NAPE has issued a Request for Presentations.
Sponsorships and advertising are available.
The Career Ladders Project
works in partnership with CA community colleges to provide educational and career
Techbridge is seeking
an experienced Curriculum Development Specialist to further develop and enhance
its hands-on, inquiry-driven science and engineering curriculum to inspire the next
generation of female scientists and engineers.
My Next Move, a new federal
career website, offers quick facts about a variety of career paths.
National Science Teachers Association PASCO STEM Educator awards recognize
excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the elementary, middle
school, and high school levels.
The 2012 National Video Game Challenge is accepting submissions
for original video game concepts and designs in one of four categories: Middle School,
High School, Collegiate, and Educator.
Volume 3 Issue 3 of the International Journal of Gender Science and Technology has
just been published.
USA Science and Engineering
Festival Finale Expo, Washington, DC, April 28-29, 2012
American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and
Exposition, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012
OH, June 26-28, 2012
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